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Please find below details of Short Course in Music Therapy grouped by University.


University of the West of England Bristol

The CPD courses are available as stand-alone courses, or can form part of a top-up of 60 credits to achieve the MA Therapeutic Music Studies for those with a PG Diploma in Music Therapy.

If you do not need the credits, it is possible to undertake these courses without assessment (named 'classroom rate'), at 66% of the full cost.

CPD Courses
Supervision Training for Music Therapists (30 credits)

Module code USPKJD-30-M

Start date: 23/10/2020

This course involves face-to-face teaching in a large Covid19 risk-assessed space one Friday per month from October 2020 to May 2021. It has capacity to go online as necessary (this happened successfully during the previous run).

Link: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/USPKJD30M/supervision-training-for-music-therapists

Contact for queries: Catherine.Warner@uwe.ac.uk

Therapeutic Songwriting (15 credits) ONLINE

Module code USPKJC-15-M

Start date: 4/1/2021

Taught by Bob Heath and is fully online, involving flexible timetabling and 5 days of study

This course can be undertaken by health and social care professionals with competence on guitar, piano/keyboard or songwriting software as well as music therapists looking to enhance their skills

Link: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/USPKJC15M/therapeutic-songwriting

Contact for queries: Luke. Annesley@uwe.ac.uk or Catherine.Warner@uwe.ac.uk

Evidencing Work-based learning (between 15 and 60 credits) ONLINE

Module code UZWSPD153

Start date: flexible

This flexible work-base project module allows you to choose the size of module, the type of project and the date of submission. Examples include writing up a project, preparing a publication or to carry out a work-based inquiry.

Link: https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/UZWSPD153/evidencing-work-based-learning-ewbl

Contact for queries: Clive.Warn@uwe.ac.uk

M level Study
Collaborative Music for Young People's Relational Health (30 credits) ONLINE - NEW

Module code USPKHX-30-M

Start date: 30/9/2020

This module is available for anyone working in education, health or social care settings and does not require a high degree of musical skill. Includes working to UNCRC principles and an understanding of how musical creativity can impact on trauma, including neuroscience.

Link: webpage currently being set up. Search for the module title on UWE website under PG courses.

Contact for queries: Catherine.Warner@uwe.ac.uk

University of Roehampton

Music Therapy Foundation Course

Date: October 24th 2020 – March 20th 2021

Link: https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/professional-development-courses/psychology-short-courses/foundation-course-in-music-therapy-2020/

Fee: £1150 (Can be paid in instalments by October 1st 2020)

To apply please see application form below

Music Therapy Introductory Weekend

Date: Saturday-Sunday November 21st-22nd 2020

Link: https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/professional-development-courses/psychology-short-courses/introduction-to-music-therapy-weekend-2020/

Fee: £269

Integrative GIM Training Programme

Level 1 GIM Training:
Certificate in Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI)
Wednesday 27th October – Saturday 30th October 2021, online

Information about SMI and the course

Supportive Music and Imagery (SMI) is an evidence-based music psychotherapy method used to help clients develop and deepen the connection to their inner strengths and resources. The aim is to improve general wellbeing and support clients to cope with the challenges of everyday living. As a manualised method, SMI is suitable for short-term therapy (e.g. 6 sessions) that can be effectively delivered online as well as in person. SMI is both a systematic and a flexible, client-centred approach, where elements of the method can adapted if necessary in meeting client need. 

SMI can be used with individuals and groups across ages and abilities. It can help those with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues develop the inner resources and resilience needed to

cope in everyday living. This involves clients being supported to use music itself as a resource, music which can potentially be of diverse traditions, cultures and genres. SMI can also be effective as selfcare for therapists: those in training are encouraged to explore this for themselves.

SMI therapists work collaboratively with clients to help them develop existing inner resources which they may be little aware of, and/or that may be undeveloped:

• the therapist helps the client identify a positive inner resource to work on
• the client to supported to select suitable music, whether from their own collection or the therapist’s
• breathing awareness reduces tension and improves internal focus
• the client creates a drawing (or engages in other expressive arts) whilst listening to the music so as to deepen the connection with, and integrate their chosen inner resource
• the client is encouraged to access the inner resources in daily living, making use of their music collection to support this. Where possible, clients learn to carry out SMI at home as a complement to meditation or journaling practices, for example.

The SMI certificate course will cover all aspects of the delivery of SMI through didactic and experiential learning. The October training seminar will be followed by a period of supervised client and other work, after which trainees will present their client work to one another before qualifying.

Whilst SMI training is complete in itself, it also represents the first stage of training in MI and GIM with the Integrative GIM Training Programme.

Prerequisites for training:
The certificate course in SMI is open to those qualified in music therapy, counselling, psychotherapy, psychology or similar, who have a minimum of 1 year's post-qualification experience and are registered with a professional therapy organisation or regulating body.


Develop and categorise a pool of SMI music of diverse genres and cultures.
Receive a minimum of 2 SMI sessions from a qualified Music and Imagery Therapist (MIT).
Give and receive 4 SMI sessions with a training colleague.
Undertake personal SMI as self-care.
Deliver SMI to 2 clients, 6 sessions each.
Receive 5 small group supervisions.
Complete required reading.
Complete case summaries and self-reflective learning reports.

Course fee: EARLY BIRD £430 (before 31st July, 2021). Thereafter £490. Early booking is advised as
numbers will be strictly limited (6-8).
Supervision (5 sessions): £200
Personal SMI (2 sessions): £80

An application form and further information are available from https://www.integrativegim.org/training-calendar

or through contacting Martin Lawes at integrativegim@protonmail.com